Your nose is your most prominent feature, so making any changes to it should be done with extreme care and caution.
Rhinoplasty, a nasal surgery that can alter the form and/or function of your nose, has been one of the top-requested procedures for many years now.
Yet, even with so many rhinoplasty patients raving about their life-changing results year after year, there are still those skeptics who believe the negative myths circulating about rhinoplasty.
For those would-be patients who have been misinformed, these truths and facts about rhinoplasty should set the record straight once and for all.
Rhinoplasty Will Not Change How You Breathe, Unless You Want It To
For good reason, many prospective rhinoplasty patients fear that changing their nose could change the way it works. Breathing is an essential function of the nose, and while it can be altered with rhinoplasty, it doesn’t have to be.
Nasal surgeries can be performed for cosmetic reasons, functional reasons, or a combination of the two. A patient seeking the removal of a bump on the bridge of the nose should not see any change in the way their airways work. Vice versa, a patient seeking to improve the way they breathe by widening their airways will certainly see a change in their breathing, but for the better.
During your consultation, you should discuss a concern like this with your plastic surgeon.
He will gladly walk you through the changes that will be made to your nose and what you can expect after surgery. Based on your specific concerns and the features of your nose, your surgeon will be able to discuss the possible outcomes of your surgery and what steps will be made to ensure your best results.
Rhinoplasty Is Not as Painful as It Looks
Most people have that one image in their mind: the rhinoplasty patient with the cast on her nose, surrounded by a ring of bruised tissue that seems too painful to touch. It would seem to make sense for rhinoplasty to be painful, but it’s not.
In fact, if you talk to the majority of past rhinoplasty patients out there, you might be surprised to learn that they experienced very little pain following their surgeries. How is this even possible?
Basically, the sensitive tissues and blood vessels in the mid-face area are overreacting to the changes made through surgery. Bruising and swelling result from broken capillaries and the healing process of these soft tissues.
All of these side effects are simply a response to surgical changes, a repair mechanism of the human body. The post-surgical healing of a rhinoplasty surgery is really a case of looking worse than it feels. While there is some mild discomfort to be expected, rhinoplasty is certainly not the most painful procedure there is, nor is it as bad as most patients expect.
Rhinoplasty Results Are Permanent, Even Without Follow-Up Surgery
There are some facial surgeries with results that don’t last forever, thanks to factors like aging and gravity. Rhinoplasty, however, is not among those surgeries that need maintenance. This is a strange myth about the procedure, especially since the nose has never been a primary focus of aging concerns.
It is one of the only parts of the human face that won’t sag, need a lift, crease or wrinkle with age, or change shape in any significant or noticeable way. Unlike the other parts of the face that are comprised of skin, muscle, and fat, the nose is a solid structure composed of bone and cartilage.
Surgery is the only way to change the shape and structure of the nose, and once you’ve healed from your procedure, your results are forever.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. For some patients, a second rhinoplasty procedure becomes a necessity, but not because their results didn’t last.
Rather, secondary or revision rhinoplasty is performed to correct errors from a previous surgery, make additional changes not accomplished by a first surgery, repair damage from an unrelated nasal injury, or because the patient has changed his or her mind about the first set of changes.
Often a revision rhinoplasty is an optional procedure performed to achieve a different goal.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Does Not Take a Long Time
You might think it would take your face a long time to heal, but in reality, a rhinoplasty recovery lasts about the length of most other cosmetic facial surgeries. Initially, the beginning of your recovery will involve about 48 hours of rest, keeping your head elevated and avoiding movement as much as you can.
After these first days, most patients are able to begin adding routine activities back into their daily schedule, with the guidance of their plastic surgeon. Around one to two weeks following your procedure, you may even be able to return to work.
While vigorous exercise and other strenuous activities, especially contact sports, will be off-limits for a little while longer, rhinoplasty should not keep you from your regular schedule for more than two weeks, at the most.
During your rhinoplasty consultation, discuss any concerns you have about your ability to properly recover and make a plan for a successful recovery that works around your schedule.
Rhinoplasty Results Are Not Obvious to Everyone You Meet
With any cosmetic surgery, there’s a constant fear that your results will be obvious. Would-be patients are often nervous that complete strangers will just know they’ve had “work done.” However, rhinoplasty and most other facial surgeries can only be deemed truly successful if your results look natural.
Your plastic surgeon will design a surgical plan that will create a nose that is both proportional and flattering to your face. Friends and family will likely notice that there have been some changes made to you.
When rhinoplasty is performed correctly, by a credentialed and experienced plastic surgeon, there will never be any reason for the people you meet to suspect you weren’t born with the nose you now have. Choosing the right surgeon is a key factor in the success of your natural-looking surgery results.
Rhinoplasty Success Does Start With Your Surgeon
Get the rhinopalsty results you really want by finding a credentialed facial plastic surgeon who will work with you to achieve them. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Kessler, a board certified general and plastic surgeon, and find out if you’re a good candidate.
He completed his medical degree with honors from Tufts University in Boston and completed a distinguished General Surgical Residency with North Short/NYU in New York, before a Plastic Surgery residency with the US Air Force and the University of Texas.
Today, Dr. Kessler operates two practices in California, has worked as a surgical consultant and surgical assistant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics including facial rejuvenation, plastic surgery, and body contouring after substantial weight loss.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kessler, contact his office, located at 2121 East Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200, in Newport Beach, California, by calling (949) 644-6544.